Mendenhall Creates More Twitter Trouble With Bin Laden Tweets

CHICAGO (CBS) Back in March, former Illini and current Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall created some controversy over several of his Tweets that compared the NFL labor situation to “modern-day slavery.”

Now it appears that he’s causing a similar stir with his comments about the response to the American military strike that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.

“What kind of person celebrates death?” Mendenhall posted to his Twitter page. “It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side…”

After the news of bin Laden’s death broke on Sunday night, the country witnessed scenes of celebration outside of the White House, at Ground Zero in New York City and on college campuses across the country.

Bin Laden was the mastermind behind the September 11 terrorist attacks that brought down both World Trade Center Towers in New York.

“We’ll never know what really happened,” Mendenhall later posted. “I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style”

The Steelers organization felt compelled to respond to their running backs’ controversial comments.

“I have not spoken with Rashard, so it is hard to explain or even comprehend what he meant with his recent Twitter comments,” team president Art Rooney II said in a statement on Tuesday. “The entire Steelers organization is very proud of the job our military personnel have done and we can only hope this leads to our troops coming home soon.”!/R_Mendenhall/status/65168149183606785

Among Mendenhall’s other bin Laden tweets:

“I believe in God. I believe we’re ALL his children. And I believe HE is the ONE and ONLY judge.”

“Those who judge others, will also be judged themselves.”

“For those of you who said you want to see Bin Laden burn … I ask how would God feel about your heart?”

“There is not an ignorant bone in my body. I just encourage you to think.”

Information from the Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • To_Broke for Common sense

    LOL… a narrow minded christian asking others to think… here’s a thought… maybe its possible that there are other religions and that other people believe different things…. LOL and he’s a conspiracy theorist…. funny guy, stick to sports.. at least he’s right about one thing, there isnt an ignorant bone in his body but there sure is an asinine mind floating around in his head.

    R_Mendenhall, if you were to do a little reading you could find out why he and other terrorists do what they do. You’ll find out that they don’t really like us. Oh yeah he did have a hand in the death of thousands of American lives. But dont judge him maybe he really is a great guy?

    • MLA

      Rashard may not have chosen his words / context wisely by any stretch, but don’t use his speech to get on your bully pulpit and make blanket statements like “narrow minded christian”. Unless you have truly humbled yourself to knowing what christianity is and what it involves beyond misguided, misinformed and convoluted speak from family, friends or tv., it unfair to make such judgement.

      It’s the broad-minded thinking of the world that is the source of so much indifference, conflict and violence. “If I can’t get it done *my* way, then I’ll get it done by any means necessary”. This is the same root cause of ideologies forwarded by terrorist / jihadist groups – trying to justify the means under some phony religious guise.

      Imagine a world where everyone lived by what God originally ordained for creation and the everyone He created in His image. Imagine a world that would actually answer to the call from Jesus Christ – the *only* provision for being reconciled to God (John 14:6) – to repent of sin and follow Him and His blueprint for life by Faith. I encourage you to humble yourself before building knowlege of who God truly is and His model of Christian living. It takes more than knowledge though…it requires a heart change. Trust me, taking that journey will undoubtedly change your perspective of “narrow minded christians”.

      WARNING: do not let the defiinition of christianity be based solely on christians. The Bible says “all have sinned and fall short fo the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), so even Christians – by virture of being sinful – will fail you and ultimately flaw your perspectivie. Instead, set your eyes on the Things that are above (God, through His son Jesus Christ), not things that are earthy / in front of you (i.e., sinful man) – ~Colossians 3:2~

      You are loved!

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  • Joakim's bong

    That ILLinios education is definitetly paying off.

  • Wise Cub fan

    type “wtc 7” and check the 9 sec video on youtube. if you can watch that and believe the official explanation i have a bridge for sale.

  • kev in Skokie

    This is what he meant to say, but he plats football and his brain is mushy,

    (I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. -Jessica Dovey) Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that

    Can anyone really disagree with that?

    If he would have stopped there he wouldn’t look like such an ass right now…

  • Mendenhall Posts ‘Clarification’ For Bin Laden Tweets « CBS Chicago

    […] PITTSBURGH (AP) Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall wrote a “clarification” of his comments made Monday on Twitter regarding the death of Osama bin Laden. […]

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